Daytripping to Olympia

By: BriarCraft , 4:44 AM GMT on July 06, 2014

Share this Blog
6
+



I had two reasons for visiting Olympia. First and foremost, it is home to my very favorite farmers market ever. Those not familiar with farmers markets may be wondering just how much lettuce a person can want to buy. Let me tell you that farmers markets are far more than that. Perhaps the only Washington farmers market that is open year-round, it has over 400,000 visitors in the 135 days it is open for business. And they are not just buying lettuce. In addition to world-class produce, one can find nursery stock, applewood smoked bacon, hand-crafted sausages, soaps, herbs, artwork, jams and jellies, baked goods, and fresh meat and seafood. The Olympia Farmers Market also has a stage and offers free, live music during lunchtime. Did I mention there is terrific food and locally roasted coffee available, too?



The second reason I had for visiting Olympia was to shoot some photos. Since taking up photography a few years ago, I discovered that I go more places and see more things with a camera in hand than I ever did before. Not only that, but I really LOOK at my surroundings. While looking for a photo op, I see beautiful landscapes, lovely wildflowers, and interesting birds. Before I took up photography, I would take a quick look, not really seeing half of what was there, and think “Okay, where to now?”. With photography, as with much else in life, one thing leads to another.



As of the 2010 census, Olympia had a population of 46,478, so it has a small-town feel despite being the state capital. However, it is on the southern edge of the Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue Metropolitan Area, with an estimated population of 3,500,000 (more than half of the state’s total population). The Greater Seattle Metro area ranks as the 13th largest in the country and Olympia is right on the southern edge of that. It’s proximity to a large population center also lends Olympia a bit of a cosmopolitan atmosphere. The area near the farmers market is eclectic and trendy, with shops and eateries and a lot of building art, such as that pictured below.



While wandering around the area, I saw some huge cattle in a field near where Mud Bay Rd NW intersects with US-101. Parked momentarily on the shoulder of a busy highway, I only managed to capture the bull. To give you an idea of the size, I estimate this fellow to be at least as big as a large SUV.



At the point where the Deschutes River empties into Budd Inlet lies a manmade lake, Capitol Lake, which is part of the Washington State Capitol Campus.




The full story is on WordPress http://briarcraft.wordpress.com/2014/07/04/daytri pping-to-olympia/#more-167



Reader Comments

Comments will take a few seconds to appear.

Post Your Comments

Please sign in to post comments.

or Join

Not only will you be able to leave comments on this blog, but you'll also have the ability to upload and share your photos in our Wunder Photos section.

Display: 0, 50, 100, 200 Sort: Newest First - Order Posted

Viewing: 55 - 5

Page: 1 | 2Blog Index

55. WunderAlertBot (Admin)
9:44 PM GMT on July 22, 2014
BriarCraft has created a new entry.
54. WeatherWise
1:06 PM GMT on July 20, 2014
Hi Briar, Thanks for the tip on where to find the amonia. Will check next time I am at the store. Sounds like you are still staying SUPER busy these days. I went back to South Boston/Halifax area and found that guy's art sculpture farm. I took zillions of photos but could only put a few in the blog of course.

Here is an extra one for you that I did not include in my new blog entry.



Have a great week!
Member Since: February 28, 2003 Posts: 53 Comments: 2081
53. BriarCraft
8:26 PM GMT on July 19, 2014
here I am again, slowly catching up...


This week's challenge, ending tonight, is Rule of Thirds -- because thirds are generally more pleasing to the eye than halves or quarters.

For the coming week, the challenge is POV, or Point of View. We will be shooting pics of one subject using two different focal points -- or move the cameraperson rather than the subject to get a different perspective.
Member Since: June 21, 2004 Posts: 85 Comments: 4319
52. sandiquiz
8:09 PM GMT on July 19, 2014
Years ago, when I was a poor student at college, a local chemist used to make up bottles of witch hazel, with a few drops of rose water in, to sell to the students as a skin tonic/ make-up remover. I used it for years afterwards, but once I left college I had to buy my own bottles of each and mix the two. Nowadays that chemist would be stuck off for making a "witches brew", and for subjecting the customer to something that hadn't been subjected to 1001 tests before being sold!

Many moons ago we used to be able to buy something called "dolly blue". It was a little fabric pouch of synthetic ultramarine and baking soda,( had to look that up) that you placed in the final rinse water of your white load to make them even whiter and brighter!
The old wives tale was that the dolly blue on a bee sting would remove the pain... and you often saw folk with blue patches on their arms or legs! Now I know it was the baking soda that worked!!
Member Since: October 29, 2005 Posts: 299 Comments: 26885
51. GardenGrrl
7:22 PM GMT on July 19, 2014
Almost left without commenting. Witch hazel, that is kind of a miracle cure. It doesn't sting near as much as bacteen or some of those other multipurpose bug bite and antiseptics.
Member Since: March 25, 2007 Posts: 259 Comments: 9871
50. palmettobug53
7:10 PM GMT on July 19, 2014
OMIGOD...... Now, THAT'S what I call a Farmer's Market, Briar.

Why, oh, why does it have to be across the continent from me?

We have dozens here but nothing quite like that.

Bug bites? If nibbled on my less reputable relatives, such as the Skeeter cousins, I have used witch hazel with decent results. I have used ammonia but it's been a long time. A paste made from baking soda is what we always used for wasp stings.

Funny story. Years ago, one of my coworkers got bitten by something when she went out for lunch. She came to my desk to see if I had any rubbing alcohol. I'd just gotten over a nasty bout of poison ivy and had some witch hazel in a small travel bottle in my desk drawer. I told her to use that.

About 30 minutes later, she brought it back and was all agog over how well it worked. She said, "I've got some in my medicine cabinet at home but I never knew what to use it for. I've always kept some because my mother always had it in HER medicine cabinet." I cracked up over that.

How many of us stock our medicine cabinets with supplies that our moms did? We never use them but it's like we have to have them because Mom did and she probably had them only because HER mom did.
Member Since: October 7, 2005 Posts: 238 Comments: 25355
49. BriarCraft
6:14 PM GMT on July 19, 2014
WW: I buy ammonia at the grocery store in the cleaning supplies section. Watch the labeling as some ammonia has detergent added to make it sudsy -- you don't want that. I used to carry a small bottle of ammonia in the car and also in my golf bag after that time I had to get the anti-venom shot. In recent years, I seem to have overcome that severe reaction, so I don't worry about it like I used to.

Data: Don't know where they are, not that I am complaining, but I haven't seen as many yellowjackets around this year as usual. I am seeing more bumblebees, which is fine with me. They are generally not aggressive and their stings don't hurt as much. When they get me, it's usually on the hand, when I am picking herbs or pulling weeds and I grab one without realizing.

GG: The bees I really hate are ground bees. They build their nest underground and it is soooo easy to step on it if you aren't careful. Every summer, I discover one around here. Sometimes, I notice the air traffic pattern. Last year, I discovered a ground bee nest with the weedwhacker and got chased for a hundred yards or so, while picking up 4 stings. Wicked.

So, what are these permissions we have to have on our photos? If I put them in can I stop editing the "S" out of the htpps when posting to WUville?
Nope, you still have to delete the "S" when posting to WUville. But if you give permission, I can download a photo or two to put in a collage. Of course, others can then download your photos, too.

Mike: Thanks for that. I haven't gotten around to putting the weekly collage together, but I will soon.

Poppy: Johnston Ridge, at the end of the westside road to Mt St Helens is 55 miles from home -- close enough to wander up that way any time the mood strikes me.

WTS: I was hoping that you would solve the password problem. Now go out there and take some pictures.

YOR: I still use Photobucket for photos I want to post to WU. I enjoy Flickr for photo challenges and some local wildlife photography groups. Originals of all my photos stay on the computer at home and I only upload smaller versions of them to Photobucket or Flickr.

PSP: I keep seeing videos of the wildfires, but so far at least, not even any smoke visible from here. From the news reports, I think the Leavenworth fire is the most troublesome, with evacuations and the closing of US-2.

The wildlife refuge you may be thinking of is Nisqually NWR. Take Exit 114 from I-5 and follow the signs. It is a great place to take a walk with your camera. Check the tide tables before you go, as I've been told the viewing is better when the tide is in.

Ylee: Did I melt??? Are you implying that I am the Wicked Witch of the West?
Actually, it was much worse than that. I dissolved.

And had a nasty headache for all of one day and parts of every other day. I hate hot-humid weather. Now that it has cooled off and I am unmelted, I've got lots to catch up with: a Rule of Thirds collage, a new volcano blog, visits to you and all my WUfriends, and a lot of stuff to do outside as well.
Member Since: June 21, 2004 Posts: 85 Comments: 4319
48. Ylee
2:48 PM GMT on July 19, 2014
Briar, did you melt? At least it's cooler now! How's the challenge of thirds coming along?

Hope you have a good weekend!
Member Since: February 3, 2011 Posts: 97 Comments: 16355
47. PugetSoundPost
2:20 PM GMT on July 19, 2014
The clouds are in this morning! A "break" from all that sunshine and heat! We are a funny bunch - need a break already! I wonder if we will get any sprinkles from this. It sure has been a "summer month" here in July! Can't remember another one with so much sun and heat. We have had several days in the 90's. Not NW style..

I heard that a place over in those fires that my kids have done summer camp at a couple times in the past has burned up in all of the fires - Alta Lake. Cross-state travel has so adversely been affected too. One day this week we saw a huge plume of smoke (looked like a large thunderstorm building up in one spot) rising over the Cascades, I think it was from the fires in the Leavenworth area. We haven't seen smoke since.

I like your story on Olympia and the photos. I have never been to their farmer's market - sounds quite interesting. I think I've seen the bull. I always think our state capitol building is such a great capitol. One of the best in the nation, I must say. Of course it is modeled after the D.C. one, but it has such a lovely setting too. We have seen several that are just another building in the middle of a block in the city. We went on a guided tour of the building once and that was quite interesting. There is wildlife refuge newly renovated near Oympia (can't think of the name right now) that I would like to stop by and explore sometime. It is there at the south end of the Sound along I-5 in the tidelands. Perhaps you have already been there.
Member Since: October 8, 2001 Posts: 175 Comments: 902
46. sandiquiz
6:52 AM GMT on July 19, 2014
Quoting 42. clearlakemike:

I think dosh is dough in Brit, LOL ;-)


Dosh, dough, bread, loot, lolly, readies... are all slang terms for money here in the UK.
My favourite is "folding ones" ... that represents paper money and not metal coins, making me feel I have "more"!! lol
Member Since: October 29, 2005 Posts: 299 Comments: 26885
45. YelloworangeRose
11:21 PM GMT on July 18, 2014
Quoting WeatherWise:
love the color. I have one but it does not seem healthy have not yielded any flower till now. Perhaps it needs a more attention.
Member Since: April 21, 2009 Posts: 13 Comments: 954
44. YelloworangeRose
11:18 PM GMT on July 18, 2014
Quoting BriarCraft:
YOR: The reason I mention Flickr Permissions is that I need to download small versions of photos from our group in order to put them into a collage. Flickr will not allow me to download even a small 250x175pixel version of one of your photos. The same is true for about half of our group. I don't like to exclude anyone, but in this case, I have no choice.

/em>


I also wonder the same thing, remember when i have to crop the shadow play challenge where i took a photo of the tress outside our office? i had to look for the picture here in my hard drive so i can crop and re post it in the group because the one in flicker was very very small when i copied. now i think i will save a copy in photo bucket first before uploading to flicker so i can easily find them challenge photos if it requires some improvement. I know you don't want to exclude anybody and i understand the situation.
Member Since: April 21, 2009 Posts: 13 Comments: 954
43. WatchinTheSky
9:17 PM GMT on July 18, 2014
Flickr progress!! My problem (password) was thinking Flickr and not Yahoo :-P Now I should have access at home, just have to get shootin'!
Member Since: September 20, 2005 Posts: 133 Comments: 2092
42. clearlakemike
11:28 PM GMT on July 17, 2014
I think dosh is dough in Brit, LOL ;-)
Member Since: November 21, 2004 Posts: 146 Comments: 2134
41. calpoppy
11:24 PM GMT on July 17, 2014
WW, most small hardware stores carry ammonia, True Values places like that.

Mike, LOL!!! We need to find out what dosh is ;)

Briar, how far is Mt. St. Helens from you?
Member Since: February 18, 2008 Posts: 56 Comments: 3937
40. clearlakemike
10:58 PM GMT on July 17, 2014
Thanks for the info about creative commons, Briar. I have just released two of my "finest" if you care to use them, LOL. (You don't have to you if you don't want to.) I can always exhibit them at my Gar-bage Exhibit at the Tate :-) I need some dosh so I can dash.
Member Since: November 21, 2004 Posts: 146 Comments: 2134
39. WeatherWise
10:45 PM GMT on July 17, 2014
Okay, Briar. Sorry but I am back again. Where do you buy household ammonia? I stopped by pharmacy and seems they did not have it other than the kind you clean the floor with. So did not get any. I messed up in buying my After Bite. The original was there, but the new improved was right beside of it. I was in a hurry as I had called in an order for a carry out pizza from Dominoes. I did not read the fine print as just knew was ammonia....but guess what new and improved is not. It is baking soda which someone said that out in the blog - about putting a mixture of baking soda on bites. However, I am disappointed as that other worked great. Oh, by the way, don't go to the pharmacy to get it as it almost twice what Walmart price quotes online. The worse part is it did not stop the itch from mosquito bite. At first could not find the After Bite so picked up a benadryl stick, too. I have not tried that yet. SO THAT is my story for the day! Oh, the pizza which I did not need was great! I don't do that often but this ad that had come in the mail kept staring me in the face. I finally caved in this evening.
Member Since: February 28, 2003 Posts: 53 Comments: 2081
38. GardenGrrl
10:10 PM GMT on July 17, 2014
Hi, glad the fires are not near you. So far during the oppressive heat our wasps and such have been behaving. Hope I don't jinx myself here. Generally we have dirt dobbers (make nests from mud) and regular wasps. The bees have thinned out since the lavender has stopped blooming.
We have a wasp nest up by the door and one in the shed. They don't seem to mind us and we don't mind them as they are beneficial insects.

So, what are these permissions we have to have on our photos? If I put them in can I stop editing the "S" out of the htpps when posting to WUville?
Member Since: March 25, 2007 Posts: 259 Comments: 9871
37. WeatherWise
7:17 PM GMT on July 17, 2014



Hi Briar, I checked my med ; After Bite and guess what it is? Active: 3.5% amonia. When you said amonia, I thought to myself, "Oh, that is what I have been smelling. Amonia!" A large bottle of amonia would certainly be a lot cheaper than the tiny bit in the little wand or pen.

No butterflies today but did get a photo of a pretty yellow hibiscus:



Member Since: February 28, 2003 Posts: 53 Comments: 2081
36. DataPilot
12:41 AM GMT on July 16, 2014
WW: The bees, along with everyone else, get short-tempered in hot weather. They get more active and sting with less provocation when temps are high. After I had my first allergic reaction to bee venom, I learned a valuable treatment for bee stings -- household ammonia (not the sudsy kind). Evidently bee venom is acid and ammonia, being a base, neutralizes it. I apply an ammonia-soaked cotton ball or wad of tissue to the sting and it immediately stops the pain. If you apply it quickly enough, it will also prevent the swelling that often accompanies a sting. The only caution with ammonia is that it is not good to inhale it.

You're not kidding about bees being grumpy as of late. I got nailed by a honeybee just last weekend, with the stinger going into a vein on my hand. I always use a paste of baking soda to calm bee stings (it works SO well), but I'm sure ammonia would work, too. Both ammonia and baking soda should lower the pH of the acid in the bee venom, while providing cooling to constrict blood vessels.

Thanks for the tip.
Member Since: January 5, 2009 Posts: 11 Comments: 1287
35. WeatherWise
11:44 PM GMT on July 15, 2014
Hi Briar, Thanks for the bee tip with the amonia. I need to get some. Now that you mention that I almost believe that might be what is in that little stick that I use. That is what I loaned my neighbor. I need to get a new one as not something to be shared probably. I keep one handy mainly for mosquito bites. I always keep bandaids out right where I can get to them. When you really need a bandaid there is no time to go looking one. The school teacher and mother in me makes me keep them in my purse, too. The children all know that and come up to me and ask for a bandaid if they need one.

I am thinking no late walk today as is a bit stormy with a light rain plus looks like it is going to get dark much earlier tonight.

Hope your week is going well.

Here is another little butterfly that I found today:

Member Since: February 28, 2003 Posts: 53 Comments: 2081
34. BriarCraft
9:36 PM GMT on July 15, 2014
YOR: The reason I mention Flickr Permissions is that I need to download small versions of photos from our group in order to put them into a collage. Flickr will not allow me to download even a small 250x175pixel version of one of your photos. The same is true for about half of our group. I don't like to exclude anyone, but in this case, I have no choice.

Sandi: I can't really squeeze 30+ photos into a collage and have the images be large enough for people to see, so every time I make a collage, I will be using my own discredition. The rules I give myself are to include at least one photo from each member (at least those who allow me the permission to download). Then I look for variety in subject matter and predominate color to make an attractive collage.

And now I am discovering that many people were unaware of the whole "permissions" thing on Flickr until I mentioned it No surprise, really, since Flickr seems to delight in hiding features and options.

Poppy: I think I'll hop in the car tomorrow during the hot part of the afternoon and take a quick run up to Mt. St. Helens, as I would like a nice landscape for one of my Rule of Thirds submissions.

Have fun with your jam-making. Like you, I don't eat many jams or jellies. I have a variety in the pantry that dates back several years, but when I do get a craving for rhubarb-pineapple marmalade, blueberry-brandy jam, or spicy cranberry jam, it is nice to have some on hand -- especially when there are warm biscuits fresh out of the oven.

Data: Good luck with getting anyone at the farm stand to share their trade secrets with you. I have tried with several different growers at the farmers market to learn their secret for growing bug- and worm-free turnips and radishes. They just smile and thank me for appreciating the quality of their produce.

No, we didn't get any booms or rumbles here. I think all the thunder was farther south. Thankfully, it looks like the heat wave is fading away. By Thursday, our daytime highs should be back in the mid to upper 70s where they belong.

WW: The bees, along with everyone else, get short-tempered in hot weather. They get more active and sting with less provocation when temps are high. After I had my first allergic reaction to bee venom, I learned a valuable treatment for bee stings -- household ammonia (not the sudsy kind). Evidently bee venom is acid and ammonia, being a base, neutralizes it. I apply an ammonia-soaked cotton ball or wad of tissue to the sting and it immediately stops the pain. If you apply it quickly enough, it will also prevent the swelling that often accompanies a sting. The only caution with ammonia is that it is not good to inhale it.



Nothing much going on here lately. With the hot weather, our outdoor activities have been reduced. I spend a couple of hours weeding, mowing, and/or picking berries mornings. Afternoons, I have had my nose in a book probably more than I should. Evenings are spent hand-watering whatever plants are thirsty.

I both woke up with a headache this morning -- a more reliable predictor than WU that the weather pattern is changing. In this case, hot and humid going out, cooler and less humid coming in.
Member Since: June 21, 2004 Posts: 85 Comments: 4319
33. WeatherWise
8:43 PM GMT on July 14, 2014
Nice shadow play collage. I am proud of your group and their work.

We are having very hot temps again today. 94.9 at 4 pm. Too hot to get out and about. I walked early am 1.3 miles and lunched out with a friend but headed right back home. I took the long way home to pass some old historic homes. I should go back on a cooler day and get some photos.

Glad your day with your mom and dad was pleasant enough to sit out on the deck and enjoy the fresh air. Oh, but the yellow jackets are hard to escape.

My next door neighbor got stung by a bumblebee today just as I was headed out to meet a friend for lunch. She could not go back in her house as the exterminator had just sprayed inside. She had her dogs in the car and was headed out for awhile. So I ran back in the house to get some meds and bandaids for her. I was surprised at the sting as I take photos of them all the time. Just this morning even with the camera almost touching them. It was strange the bee got up her pants leg and stung her twice. I guess that is why the sting. They love the pretty dinner plate size hibiscus blossoms and she walked past that bush to get in the car and got stung.

My bee photo from today:

Member Since: February 28, 2003 Posts: 53 Comments: 2081
32. DataPilot
8:32 PM GMT on July 14, 2014
Hi Briar..

It was 88F at your place on Saturday? Our official high was 93F, but it was a few degrees warmer at our house. We should hit the mid 90's tomorrow. Blech. I much prefer 70F.

Yesterday morning, we were awakened by thunder boomers shaking the house. In this area, boomers are a rare treat for weather fanatics (like yours truly). Although, some of the folks south and east of us didn't find the storms nearly as amusing as I did; fleeing from wildfires is not much fun! Did you have thunderstorms up your way, too?

I never cease to be amazed by how early some local growers are able to get corn to market. In prior years when we grew corn, we started early (60 day) varieties under plastic mulch. The result was "cardboard" corn in late July or early August. Our yummy corn didn't ripen until late August, at earliest. The farmers that get tasty corn to market just after the 4th of July must have planted their corn indoors and early, then transplanted later on. I think I'll ask how they do it the next time I'm at the farm stand.
Member Since: January 5, 2009 Posts: 11 Comments: 1287
31. calpoppy
7:19 PM GMT on July 14, 2014
I have decided to make some jam after tasting that great Strawberry, Lavender and Honey jam at the Farmer's Market. Not big jam eaters but might make a little for us and for others. Found a recipe for Peach Honey Vanilla jam, that just sounds great to me. So Wednesday I need to get all my canning gear out, washed and ready, LOL! Oh, and in the mean time take some Rule of Thirds pictures.
Member Since: February 18, 2008 Posts: 56 Comments: 3937
30. sandiquiz
2:49 PM GMT on July 14, 2014
and I used Administrator's prerogative....lol...

I have a very similar phrase in my monthly calendar .... (Admin will have the final say in the event of a tie) ..but in seven years I have only had to use my prerogative twice! :-)

Until I read your post I hadn't realised I had only entered two photos last week. I took several shadow shots, but must have got disturbed when I was in the process of entering the three to the group.
Member Since: October 29, 2005 Posts: 299 Comments: 26885
29. YelloworangeRose
9:46 PM GMT on July 12, 2014
Hi Briar I do not know anything about commons. I have read you posted something about it but will try to see yet how to do such. Thanks for approving another purple.
Member Since: April 21, 2009 Posts: 13 Comments: 954
28. BriarCraft
9:36 PM GMT on July 12, 2014
Here's a sampling of Compositionally Challenged photos, Shadow Play challenge. Only photos with Creative Commons permissions are included in this collage. (Many more photos were posted in response to the challenge, but we have to respect their wishes.) Our little Flickr group is now up to 11 members -- 2 Brits, 2 Filipinos, and 7 Americans -- not bad for only our 2nd week.



If any of WU would like to join, just let me know -- and give me your Flickr Name.

Next week's challenge is The Rule of Thirds.
Member Since: June 21, 2004 Posts: 85 Comments: 4319
27. BriarCraft
9:35 PM GMT on July 12, 2014
Data: My young pear and apple trees are finally bearing fruit this year. If not for the covers I put over our blueberries, the jays would strip them bare. You have early local corn already??? Wow! What a difference 200 miles makes. Local corn here, even on the big farms, is only about a foot tall right now. The organic grower on our road didn't even plow his fields until the first week of June. Obviously, May in the Eugene area was much better than it was here.

WW: We're having a heat wave here. It is 88° here at 2:30, and we don't usually reach our daily high temp until around 5:00. The little window AC unit is humming away, keeping us comfortable inside. My parents' visit was nice yesterday. They arrived at 11:00 and it was pleasant to sit out on the deck until about 1:00 before it got too hot and the yellowjackets started coming around, so we packed up and went inside then.

Sandi: Yes, I should post the collage here, as well. I thought the Monbretia was from the previous challenge, but the EXIF date said it could go for either one and you only had 2 other photos posted for Shadow Play, and I used Administrator's prerogative to select that one last photo needed to finish off the collage.

GG: No fires anywhere close. I think they are all on the east side of the Cascades, so unless an east wind comes up, we won't even see any smoke.
Member Since: June 21, 2004 Posts: 85 Comments: 4319
26. GardenGrrl
8:46 PM GMT on July 12, 2014
Hi, how far are you from the big wild fire?
Member Since: March 25, 2007 Posts: 259 Comments: 9871
25. sandiquiz
11:01 AM GMT on July 12, 2014
I came over to see if you had posted the collage you posted in Ylee's blog on the Shadow Play.
There is a "spot the deliberate mistake" in it.... my Monbreitia photo was actually week one... reflections. lol but as there are some shadows, no one will notice....:)

Waiting on C to make his way up the motorway from Heathrow, but looking on line at the traffic cameras I can see the motorway is almost stationary in places due to volume of traffic. I love watching the traffic flow cameras... it means I can see how busy the road is before I ever leave the house!! lol

Member Since: October 29, 2005 Posts: 299 Comments: 26885
24. WeatherWise
2:16 AM GMT on July 11, 2014
Hi Briar, We are expecting 90s Sat, Sun and Mon. It surely has been a nice break the last two days. Tomorrow is to be 88.

Hope your day with your parents goes great. The menu sounds like a good plan.

Not a lot going on here.

Have a great weekend!

Member Since: February 28, 2003 Posts: 53 Comments: 2081
23. DataPilot
8:52 PM GMT on July 10, 2014
Hi Briar!

I agree that the food from farmers' markets is usually awesome. Ditto for some of our local farm stands. We have a farmer's market near where I work, but we usually shop for summer produce at a farm a few miles from our house. Their sweet corn and peaches are amazing. We had some of their "early" corn a couple of nights ago, and now I can barely wait for them to start selling their ultra-sweet Bodacious corn. NomNomNomNom!

Hubby didn't plant much in our garden this year, just tomatoes and peppers. The tomatoes are doing OK, although our weather has been warm and dry for the last week and I expect them to take off soon. We have exactly one pepper this year, not so good.

We had a bumper crop of cherries, so many that even the birds couldn't get them all. In addition, we have apples and plums ripening right now, and expect that we'll have plenty by harvest time. Ditto for pears. (We *always* have more pears than we can eat.) We recently discovered that somebody, probably our resident wild turkey, got into our blueberries and devoured nearly all of them, just when they were getting ripe. Aww. :( I usually don't buy blueberries, but this year, we'll have to pick some up at the local farm stand. In-season blueberries are one of those gotta-have-em produce items for me.
Member Since: January 5, 2009 Posts: 11 Comments: 1287
22. BriarCraft
8:21 PM GMT on July 10, 2014
Ylee: Here, at least, the Sweet William is a biennial. It never blossoms the first year and the greenery only gets to be about 4-6 inches high and wide. The second year it goes nuts with a profusion of sweet-smelling flowers. Since I'm not much for dead-heading, some years they do reseed themselves.

Sandi: Blank grey squares on Flickr? You mean that isn't normal? When I visit a photostream, I typically see 2 or 3 photos and a bunch of grey squares. If I am patient, the grey squares will usually become photos, but sometimes I have to refresh the screen. Then, if I page-down, the whole process repeats itself. That is how Flickr works for me every day. But that is better than trying to look at a page of WUnder photos, so I don't complain.

Poppy: I imagine mesh bags would work well for you to dry herbs. Here, that takes somewhat longer and doesn't yield such good results. It is not nearly so humid here as it is Back East, but it averages around 60%. I have a multi-layer dehydrator from Nesco, which gets my herbs dry in 1-2 days.


WW: We're looking at temps around 90 Friday-Sunday. Yuck! Thankfully, our heat waves usually only last about three days. My parents are going to drive up here for lunch tomorrow -- grilled extra-lean burgers with all the trimmings and fresh peach shortcake. Saturday and Sunday, I will pretty much stay inside with the AC on, going outside morning and evening to water thirsty plants.

Prose: Thanks for stopping by. I know your computer time is limited, so I do value your visits.

Mike: I don't believe you!!! You're pulling my leg. No way do you have a runny "WEIRD" tattooed on your forehead. Then again, you could maybe get a rubber stamp made so you could do a fake tat when you go out into the neighborhood.



First (of many) picking of blueberries this morning!!! I have 10 bushes, each a different variety, so this morning's picking was mostly off of three bushes. All ten bushes are staked up because they are so heavy with berries. Yesterday, one of the stakes broke off and I had to replace it with a sturdier one. It is a real bumper crop this year. Mom and Dad will leave here tomorrow with the 2 quarts I picked this morning. Everyone in the family will have all the fresh berries they can hold and then they will get some frozen berries to enjoy over the winter. I like to donate extra produce to the senior center or food bank, but not blueberries. Yum!
Member Since: June 21, 2004 Posts: 85 Comments: 4319
21. clearlakemike
1:05 AM GMT on July 10, 2014
No, it is a tat. I would never waste good chocolate. Decided I need to "blend" more here. Was looking too preppy which is not a good style for my 'hood. Prison Couture is all the rage and quite en vogue.

Source.
Member Since: November 21, 2004 Posts: 146 Comments: 2134
20. Proserpina
10:21 PM GMT on July 09, 2014
Excellent blog! Love the photos, the info about the market, everything! I do not go to Farmer's Markets very often but when I do, I find it to be an enjoyable experience. From the baked goodies, to the fresh fruit and veggies, to the fresh flowers, to handmade goodies, it is all a fantastic experience. And I buy to my heart's content!

As usual, this is a short visit to say hello and to let you know that I am still among the living! Bye!
Member Since: May 6, 2008 Posts: 176 Comments: 18357
19. WeatherWise
6:30 PM GMT on July 09, 2014



Hi Briar, Great that you have cooler temps. It has ben quite hot here. We have had a bit of a break from mid nineties to upper 80's yestereday and today.Our humidity is high. We are definitely into summer.

I was sorry to hear the garden had not done so well. You worked so hard and had such great hopes and plans.


That is a nice photo of your little kitty, Macie. I got a photo of a little woodsie kitty, this am. Did not see a lot of bird action, this am.

I did stop by to check on the daisies I had given a friend to replant. I had given her some a few years ago and this winter took them out, So I pulled up some more early spring and took them to her. I was happy to see that both pots were doing well and in bloom.









Member Since: February 28, 2003 Posts: 53 Comments: 2081
18. calpoppy
3:33 PM GMT on July 09, 2014
Found some great jam at the Farmer's Market I went to on Monday. They grow all their own fruit so the jam is made with fruit at its peak. No sugar, local honey is the sweetener. The one I bought was strawberry, lavender & honey. Another farmer that I know makes a nice Cara Cara & blood orange salad dressing, you just add the oil. Great summer yummies!

I just received a drying rack for my herbs, garlic and other things. It hangs from the ceiling in the 'Artist Studio' and has five 2' in diameter mesh drying 'holders?'. It is light weight and folds up for storage. Great for my chamomille and calendula flowers, plus my other herbs. It is more then I need but you never know what you will want to dry.

With your warm temps you should have some nice tomatoes and peppers. My Shady Lady tomatoes are outdoing themselves this year, way out producing the cherry tomatoes, I usually have the opposite problem.

Our little group is growing, thanks Sandi!!!
Member Since: February 18, 2008 Posts: 56 Comments: 3937
17. sandiquiz
2:54 PM GMT on July 09, 2014
My days have been full the last week... and I don't know why!! Only 48 hour before C is back and I haven't completed what I hoped to complete!!
Flickr is being silly this morning, many of my photos in the photostream are blank grey squares! There is a really long thread about it in the Help forum.. ....and it appears to be a UK problem!
Member Since: October 29, 2005 Posts: 299 Comments: 26885
16. Ylee
2:13 AM GMT on July 09, 2014
I like the Sweet William; do you grow it as an annual, or a perennial?

Pros would be proud to snap a photo like you did of the hollyhock! :' )
Member Since: February 3, 2011 Posts: 97 Comments: 16355
15. BriarCraft
10:40 PM GMT on July 08, 2014
Dianna: I have heard of that artesian well, but never found it. Yes, I forgot to mention all the yummy food at the farmers market. I enjoyed a crab cake with cole slaw Dingey's and then indulged in some sort of almond pastry from one of the bakeries. Let me know next time you decide to come to Olympia -- we can start at the farmers market and then maybe find some birds to "shoot".

YOR: A wet market makes sense because fruits and vegetables are moist and require water. Farmers markets tend to be more expensive than the produce found in supermarkets, but it looks and tastes so much better than what is grown by corporate farms that the extra expense is worth it. Plus, I prefer to support local farmers whenever possible.

WTS: Thank goodness for air conditioning, right? It hasn't been particularly hot here yet -- just one 90° day on July 1 and since then, no more than the mid-80s. The humidity has been lately, though, and the A/C does a nice job of lowering that indoors, too. One local weatherman said we should expect about 50% of our days to be above 80° thru July and August.
Member Since: June 21, 2004 Posts: 85 Comments: 4319
14. WatchinTheSky
6:49 PM GMT on July 08, 2014
Nice photo of the bitty kitty! She seems to be contemplating the meaning of life ;D
Good luck on the second planting. Can't say I am looking forward to warmer than norm for the summer...
Member Since: September 20, 2005 Posts: 133 Comments: 2092
13. YelloworangeRose
9:03 AM GMT on July 08, 2014
Gracie is such a cutie. Look at the facial expression ^_^ Her color and the green background is also a good combination. We have what we call here a wet market. It is cheaper than the one in supermarkets and you find different kind of fruit and vegetables there. In the south the farmers from the mountain bring their produce and we buy them then they buy what they needed like rice, meat, fish, batteries and etc.
Member Since: April 21, 2009 Posts: 13 Comments: 954
12. osdianna
5:04 AM GMT on July 08, 2014
Two of my favorite places in Olympia are, of course, the Farmer's Market (you forgot to mention the eateries) and from the very beginning, Childhood's End, at the end of State St. at 4th. It is a gallery and gift shop. Then there is Buck's 5th Ave., an herb shop with great character and a wonderful woman named Anne Buck who runs it, also of great character. And an artesian well that is free water to any and all. Lots more but that's enough.
Member Since: March 5, 2009 Posts: 33 Comments: 570
11. BriarCraft
4:36 AM GMT on July 08, 2014
Ylee: I looked back through my garden journal and rediscovered that I haven't had a garden to be pleased with since 2007. The weather patterns and crop failures have been different each year. Go figure. I just put in second plantings of lettuce, spinach, and sugar snap peas. This time, I will remember to sprinkle blood meal on and around the peas, because rabbits don't care much for the smell or taste of blood. Plus it's good fertilizer.

Mike: That market in Saigon must be a kick for non-Buddhists. It sounds very interesting. Saigon cinnamon is good stuff and expensive here.

If you've for WEIRD written on your forehead and it runs down from there, it must not be a tat. Chocolate would do that in the tropics, but what a waste of good chocolate. No wonder your shrink is looking at you strangely.



Here is a picture of my bitty kitty Gracie that I decided not to include in this week's photo challenge.


And here is a little shadow that I might include -- haven't decided yet. The challenge this week is Shadow Play.

I think the spider is a Running Crab Spider, which can change color completely in just a few days. This one was hidden on, and perfectly color-matched with, the Hollyhock's reproductive parts until my approaching camera lens startled it.

And finally, here is Sweet William with water droplets glowing in the evening sun.
Member Since: June 21, 2004 Posts: 85 Comments: 4319
10. clearlakemike
2:40 AM GMT on July 08, 2014
LOL, Briar...i have got 'WEIRD' written on my forehead so it just goes downhill from there, lol...

There are some nice farmer's markets here on this island also. You can buy beautiful orchids for ~$7-8. I have also bought inexpensive but nice local art work at them too. And of course, locally grown produce.

The most interesting farmer's market I have ever been to was Cho Lon in Saigon. it was amazing!! Counterfeit city, lol, and an amazing collection of paper things that one could burn for one's ancestors! Everything from paper cell phones, money, etc. Everything your good Buddhist relatives need in their next life. Huge sticks of Saigon cinnamon for sale and all kinds of spices and stuff.
Member Since: November 21, 2004 Posts: 146 Comments: 2134
9. Ylee
2:10 AM GMT on July 08, 2014
Our garden is running several weeks late too; we're only starting to get some tomatoes and squash now!
Member Since: February 3, 2011 Posts: 97 Comments: 16355
8. BriarCraft
9:42 PM GMT on July 07, 2014
TS: Nice to see you here. I did try Picnik a few times, but it was too slow to use efficiently with my connection speed. I use PhotoScape for editing and Diffractor to add copyright into, tags, and descriptions. Both are free and easy to use. I did pop over to check out Ribbet after reading your comment. It doesn't seem to offer anything I don't already have, and it is rather slow.

Poppy: Summer seems to have finally arrived. Looking at NOAA's Seasonal Outlook, the entire west coast is headed for warmer than normal temperatures through September. Maybe I'll get some ripe tomatoes after all.

WW: The garden is not doing very well at all this year. Because of persistent wet conditions, I wasn't able to get it planted until early June -- about 3 weeks later than normal. Cool weather crops, like onions and cabbages are doing well. Rabbits munched off all the sugar snap peas. Slugs have been dining on lots of seedlings, despite all the slug bait I have sprinkled around. Spinach never developed any nice leaves and just went to seed at about 2 inches tall. Less than half the corn I planted ever managed to sprout. This morning, I rototilled up the failed areas, where I will have a go at some fall crops. All in all, the garden has been a disappointment so far.
Member Since: June 21, 2004 Posts: 85 Comments: 4319
7. WeatherWise
3:14 PM GMT on July 07, 2014
Hi Briar, Was just thinking and wondering how your garden is doing. Do you have anything in the greenhouse going now? Thanks for stopping by my blog and spending a bit of time with me. I appreciated your thought and comments. You are a great blogger buddy. Thanks! Have a great week - a slow one if that is what you are hoping for if there is any such thing anymore.
Member Since: February 28, 2003 Posts: 53 Comments: 2081
6. calpoppy
10:49 PM GMT on July 06, 2014
Oh to have a market like that to go to!! And they have meat also!! Probably grass fed which is so good. Tomorrow I am meeting a friend to go to the new Farmer's Market a couple of towns over from me. I don't expect anything at all like the one you went to, but I want to check it out.

Your temps have really shot up, iced tea on the porch this afternoon?
Member Since: February 18, 2008 Posts: 56 Comments: 3937
5. Thoughtsteader
10:19 PM GMT on July 06, 2014
BriarCraft, I just left a comment over at Sandi's about the reincarnation of the wonderful photo processing program we all loved, called Picnik. Did you ever use it? When it went away, we all mourned. I happened to find the new one, called Ribbet, today. One of my readers over at WordPress asked how I framed my photos. Well, I'd used that old program, but I got curious to see if I could find an equivalent easier than photoshop. And there it was.

The link and everything is over at Sandi's, along with some other info.
Member Since: January 16, 2014 Posts: 40 Comments: 542

Viewing: 55 - 5

Page: 1 | 2Blog Index

Top of Page

About BriarCraft

Live. Love. Harm no one. Help when you can. Be happy.

Local Weather

Overcast
55 °F
Overcast

BriarCraft's Recent Photos

Personal Weather Stations

ToledoTel
Toledo, WA
Elevation: 302 ft
Temperature: 53.7 °F
Dew Point: 51.4 °F
Humidity: 92%
Wind: 4.0 mph from the South
Wind Gust: 6.0 mph
Updated: 4:41 PM PST on November 27, 2014

About Personal Weather Stations